A Complete, Three-Volume Guide to Ancient & “Modern” Rome - Complete with 39 folding engraved plates

Rome. Roisecco, Niccola (18th c.)

Roma antica, e moderna: o sia Nuova descrizione di tutti gl' edifizj antichi, e moderni sagri, e profani della città di Roma: co' nomi degl' autori di tutte le opere di architettura, scultura, e pittura ... : Una relazione della presente corte di Roma de' suoi ministri, cogregazioni, e tribunali, e la cronologia de' re, consoli, imperadori e pontefici Romani: con duecento e piu figure in rame. Il tutto cavato dal Baronio, Bosio, Nardini, Grevio, ed altri classici autori. Tomo primo[-terzo].

Rome: A spese di Niccola Roisecco, 1765


Octavo: 3 volumes: 17 x 12 cm. I. a8, A-Z8, Aa-Ss8, Tt-Xx4 (Xx4 blank and present). With an engraved frontis. (a1) and 19 added plates. II. π1, A-Z8, Aa-Rr8, Ss-Tt4, Vv6. With 20 added plates. III. π1, A-Z8, Aa-Mm8, Nn4, Oo8 (With Oo8 blank and present.)


Bound in three uniform bindings of contemporary patterned boards, worn at the hinges and a little along the spines, corners bumped. Extremely fine internally, with just a few short tears. The text is bright and clean throughout, with the exception of a few insignificant blemishes. The folding engravings are crisp, the impressions sharp.

The three volumes are illustrated with an engraved frontispiece (in Vol. I), numerous engraved illustrations in the text, a folding table, and 39 folding engraved illustrations of architectural monuments and sculpture. This set is complete with all engravings called for by Rossetti. Sets such as this, with all three volumes complete and with all plates, bound in their original bindings, are rare on the market. Excellent.

A beautiful three-volume set, describing and illustrating the ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque monuments and buildings of Rome. This publication marks the culmination of a long series of developments in illustrated guides to Rome. 

Beginning with the guidebooks produced by Girolamo Franzini and his heirs in the late 16th-century, pilgrims and tourists to the once-again-thriving Eternal City could purchase increasingly more accurate guidebooks to the ancient and modern marvels of Rome. 

In the late-17th century, building on the work of Pompilio Totti, Michelangelo and Piervicenzo de Rossi published their “Descrizione di Roma”. In subsequent editions, the “Descrizione” grew to include the redacted works of various learned authorities. The present three-volume production, the third to be published by Gregorio Roisecco, is based on the final De Rossi edition of 1727 but has been again expanded to include a third volume. 

The work comprises two and a half centuries of scholarship. Some of the significant authorities whose works were consulted, quoted, and extracted for this comprehensive guide include: Bartolomeo Marliani (d. 1560), Onofrio Panvinio (1529-1568), Alessandro Donati (1584-1640); Famiano Nardini (d. 1661); Cesare Baronio (1538-1607); Alfonso Chacón (1540-1599), Antonio Bosio (1575-1629) and Ottavio Panciroli (16th c.).

Rossetti 8883; Schudt 208